How I recentre after an emotional flat tyre

And what my new glasses have to do with it I get rather frequent emotional flat tyres. That’s how I like to describe those times (more frequent than I’d like) when my mood drops and I feel rather slower than usual, and find myself struggling with less savoury thoughts about myself and the world. (Yeah, being […]

The RISE Manifesto: a call to think differently about health problems

What if there’s a better way to think about health problems than simply chasing cures? I believe there is: I call it the RISE Way. The RISE Way: because there’s more to brief illnesses and persistent conditions than just time. This is a manifesto about health problems. Or more specifically, about the problem with how we […]

Chester Bennington taught me to scream

A tribute to the man who gave me a soundtrack for a difficult time. Chester Bennington gave many of us a voice.(Credit: Kristina Servant) When I heard, yesterday, of Chester Bennington’s passing, I felt a hollowness within. Linkin Park’s music (especially their debut Hybrid Theory album) helped define a major inflection point in my life and […]

The most unhelpful question when things go wrong

And 2 reasons it’s so common There’s a question I often get from people I’m working with that breaks my heart. The question is this: “How do I get back to who I used to be?” It’s a question I understand, being as human as they are. But the reason it breaks my heart is, it’s […]

Not all thinking about death is morbid

A meditation on “dark” subjects Photo: Neil Thomas I often think about what others consider dark topics. Pain. Suffering. Death. Evil. And I’m not just interested in them for their own sake — which is why I don’t consider my interest morbid (as some have described it), but rather for the questions that they raise. I’ve always been one to ask […]

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